Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas ABC Part 7 - M*N* - Free Cross Stitch Chart!

 
Edited to add: As of Twelfth Night (6 January 2010) this chart is no longer available as a freebie. It may return at some point as a chart for sale to raise money for the MS Trust

As a knitter, I couldn't really *not* have 'M is for mitten', could I? Again, I have to thank my mum* for teaching me to knit. I must have been four or five at the time, and one cold and wet day, she cast on some dishcloth cotton yarn on a pair of UK7 needles and showed me how to knit. My tension wasn't great, and there were a few dropped stitches, but it was the start of a lifelong pleasure. I knit a heap of fingerless mittens for my family last year. Although the weather drops below freezing here, it's not really cold enough (for me) to need all my fingers covered, and gloves and full mittens make me feel so clumsy. I wrote up the pattern and they can be found here




I can't wait for my niece to start school and to be in a nativity play. She's already a bit of a drama queen, and we have fun devising puppet shows and make believe. I can see her wanting to be producer, director and star! I was once an angel in my Sunday School nativity play - but becoming an atheist at seven meant I stopped going and never got to one of the star parts :o) At primary school our teachers tried to do something different each year, and when I was nine or ten, I was given the part of the main 'newsreader' telling the Christmas story, and linking with 'reporters' who introduced all the different parts of the story, which were acted out by the younger children. I think I would have liked to have been a newsreader...

* One day, I will tell stories about my dad. Honest.

If you would like copies of the charts, please comment below with your email address and I'll get them sent out to you. If you do stitch either of these designs, I'd love to see a picture - and there will be a prize for each one I show on my blog!


Edited to add: If you feel so inclined, a donation to the MS Trust for this chart would be appreciated. Pennies will do - and you can make payment via the link in my sidebar or by clicking here.

 

This pattern is offered for personal, non-commercial use only. Items made from this pattern may be sold on a small scale basis such as on Etsy or at craft sales. Sales for charity are positively encouraged! This pattern and the text and photos contained within, may not be copied or reproduced for any purpose other than personal use. Please direct people to this blog rather than forwarding the pattern, thank you! Copyright 2009 N M Wray

11 comments:

Barbara said...

Back again, I am really enjoying this.Now as a knitter, I have done fingerless, and mittens but hated doing the fingers on gloves, my favorite to knit is socks. Do all needleart people do most of the needlearts???? I do and love being retired so I can spend my time this way! BarbM
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Irene said...

These are so cute. xshappy@telus.net

Trinabelle said...

I only wish I knew how to knit or crochet, but apparently, I'm all thumbs. :-)

Thanks again for sharing the patterns with us!

~Katrina
KatMomXstitches@hot.rr.com

DonnaTN said...

Please send along M & N. I am pondering how to use your alphabet. My current favorite is to do each individually and put them on a wreath. Hmmm, the possibilities are intriguing.
ladybug8@bellsouth.net

Diane said...

Nic, thank you for the catch up charts. Please send the latest.

I am enjoying reading your reminiscences. It's funny how reading about other people's experiences stirs up our own personal memories.

Word verification: recul (recall?)

CindyMae said...

I have been so busy and trying to get caught up on my blogging. I would love these charts as well as the past days if it at all possible. I have the first two already. Thank you so much!

Myra said...

I just love these little charts. I think I may start on A tonight. :o)
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pj said...

I am behind, please send me this one too...pjstitcher@mchsi.com

Margaret said...

Hi Nic, please send me todays charts. I love the stories that go with these charts - many thanks
stedman.margaret@gmail.com

DonnaTN said...

It is Christmas evening and I'm finally getting around to saving all your abc charts in one place. I cannot find the chart for part 7. It may have been a casualty of a massive e-mail clean out. Could you possible re-send this one? Thank you so much! Hope you have a nice holiday!
ladybug8@bellsouth.net

Diane said...

Hi Nic,
I requested this one a while back but haven't seen it come through. Please send again. Thank you!
mamadi@pacbell.net